Two men wounded in Warwick shooting incident

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  • <B>Abandoned:</B> A bike was left lying on its side on Khyber Heights Lane after two young men were shot last night.

    Abandoned: A bike was left lying on its side on Khyber Heights Lane after two young men were shot last night.
    (Photo by Akil Simmons)

Two young men were shot in Warwick last night.

The incident happened in the Khyber Heights Lane area around 9.15pm and involved multiple gunshots being fired, according to a police spokesman.

The victims, aged 19 and 20, were rushed to hospital.

“Their injuries at this time do not appear to be life threatening,” said the spokesman during a media briefing an hour after the shooting.

“We are appealing for anyone in the area who may have seen suspicious activities, specifically individuals on a motorcycle travelling in this area, to contact the police.”

He would not say where the victims were from, saying that detail “is very specific to the investigation”. He also declined to comment on whether they were known to police.

Area MP Marc Bean was on the scene shortly afterwards, speaking to the police and local residents. He said it appeared that those involved in the incident may not have been local.

“From my early indications, talking to some of the neighbours, it’s an incident that came into the constituency via the victims and perpetrators,” he said.

“I’m here to support the constituents. The concern I have heard so far is a lack of street lighting and I’m going to make sure that gets rectified,” he added.

The area was in pitch darkness during his visit, apart from the flashlights used by the police and camera lights from members of the media.

However, Mr Bean acknowledged that merely improving the lighting would not halt gun violence.

“My concern, as with the Government and the community, is that gun violence continues to escalate,” said Mr Bean.

One local mother, aged 42, said: “I heard gunshots when I was in my bed. Then I heard sirens. I was afraid and I went to check on my son but he was OK — he was in his bed. I don’t know who was hurt but I have a teenage son and I am scared for him because he lives in this neighbourhood. It’s terrible.”

Another female local resident, aged 30, was unable to get back to her house because of the police cordon.

“It’s just craziness and it needs to come to an end,” she said.

A 40-year-old was watching TV in his home nearby when the shooting happened, and he didn’t realise what it was at first.

“In this area it’s not uncommon to hear a gunshot or two because of its proximity to the Regiment,” he explained.

When he realised the truth, he came out to join other neighbours to watch as members of the Serious Crime Unit and Forensic Unit arrived to begin the investigation.

A motorcycle could be seen lying on its side near the top of the hill on Khyber Heights Lane. That scene was cordoned off by the police.

The police spokesman would not detail how the bike came to be there, but said: “It appears to have some relevance in the investigation.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should call Crimestoppers on 800-8477 or the police on 295-0011

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Published Nov 21, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 1:01 am)

Two men wounded in Warwick shooting incident

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